Brilliant performance in the Lyric's Turandot

"Turandot's three ministers, Ping, Pang and Pong, bring to the opera a spin on classic Commedia dell'arte style. They are brilliantly performed by famous American baritone Zachary Nelson (Ping), charismatic Filipino-American tenor Rodell Rosel (Pang), and talented American tenor Keith Jameson (Pong)."- Natalia Dagenhart,

A funny and touching Ping

"Badly needed antic vitality came from baritone Zachary Nelson and the clear-voiced tenors Rodell Rosel and Keith Jameson as the commedia dell’arte ministers Ping, Pang and Pong, who managed to be funny and touching at the same time."- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

A return to Santa Fe as Enrico

"Zachary Nelson, Figaro in 2014’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” provides a strong Enrico Ashton, Lucia’s imperious brother. His bare-chested bedroom scene is a bit over the top for the character, but, hey … this is Santa Fe!"- Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal

Enrico that impresses

"Baritone Zachary Nelson displays the kind of swagger and vocal skill that is truly impressive, and unleashes his vitriol against his sworn enemy Edgardo, the last Lord of Ravenwood."- Carl Newton, LA Daily Post

Wonderfully sinister in Lucia di Lammermoor

"As the angry, vengeful Enrico, Zachary Nelson was wonderfully sinister: in his three finest scenes – his opening-scene attempts to discover the identity of Lucia’s lover, his presentation of the forged letter, and his challenge to Edgardo – he conveyed the cold determination of a man following the script of his own fate."- Jesse Simon, Mundo Classico

Enrico with swagger

"Zachary Nelson brought his cultivated baritone to the role of Lucia’s brother, Enrico. He delivered especially fine swagger in “La pietade in suo favore,” the cabaletta of his Act 1 aria, and he was downright fearsome in his confrontation duet with Lucia, “Se tradirmi tu potrai.” One did not sense much evolution in his character in the course of the opera, but he was convincing in the persona of his sister’s oppressor, underscoring her late-in-opera exclamation “Vittima fui d’un crudel fratello” (I was the victim of a cruel brother)."- James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican

Leaving wanting more as Donner in Chicago

"American baritone Zachary Nelson, in his Lyric debut as Donner, god of thunder, makes what he can of an underwritten role whose only real purpose is to create a thunderstorm late in the production to literally clear the air. Nelson makes a striking figure with long wavy hair silhouetted against a stark background wielding his mighty hammer, and his voice makes us wish we could hear more from him." - Judith Singer- LA Splash Magazine

Success in Santa Fe Opera's "Don Pasquale"

"Malatesta is not usually played as such a nice guy on what seems like an innocent charade turned wrong, but Nelson makes it work. He has a creamy baritone voice that has deeper bass-like overtones. He sings with great ease and naturalness and is an able actor."-Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones

Making Them Laugh As Malatesta At The Santa Fe Opera

"Management of the SFO seems, rightfully, quite high on baritone Zachary Nelson, two years ago an apprentice and last year’s Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro.” A talented comic actor with a smooth yet arresting baritone, Nelson returns again this summer to sing a delightfully textured and hilariously funny puppet-master as Dr. Malatesta. Artfully he instructs Norina how to play the part of an innocent maiden to entrap Pasquale into his plot."-D.S. Crafts, Albuquerque Journal